BKFC 41 headliner Luke Rockhold was forced to quit his bout against Mike Perry apparently because his upper teeth had been badly jacked up. The two met at Denver, Colorados’ 1STBANK Center tonight, April 29, 2023.
Update: Rockhold describes the aftermath of the fight and his injuries
“Well f**k, what can I say. You can check Bare Knuckle off the list. Some crazy shit. Those little knuckles got me (shows off broken tooth). Maybe a beard. Maybe a better mouthpiece. It’s a good fight, shame it had to end that way. Motherf**ker Mike you tough bastard. Congrats. Thanks to my sponsors, thanks to the people. I’m not done. Some gloves would be nice though.”
BKFC 41 Luke Rockhold had to show the ref his wrecked teeth
BKFC 41 ended when former UFC middleweight champ Luke Rockhold told Ref. Dan Miragliotta that he had had enough. Or that was the initial interpretation of events at least. Closer examination showed that Rockhold was showing the ref his busted front teeth. Did the ref then call the fight?
No matter what, it was an action-packed bout
BKFC 41 delivered on its promise with lots of wild fisticuffs, grisly cuts and brutal knock outs. The headliner between Mike Perry and Luke Rockhold was no exception. Perry was the aggressor from the get go, but Rockhold actually landed the first stunning punch with a sharp left. Unfortunately for Luke, he incautiously rushed in on his staggered opp who quickly recovered and landed his own staggering shot.
Rockhold might have been hurting from the low blow he took earlier in the round but either way, he took the worst of what ended up being his best exchange of the fight. In the second Rockhold came out jabbing but Perry shrugged them off and threw heat.
Rockhold got on his bicycle and tried to circle away while Perry fired savage shots to his face and body. Rockhold seemed to be shrinking from contact as the fight drew nearer its unappointed finish.
BKFC 41 complete results
- Mike Perry def. Luke Rockhold by TKO at 1:15 of round 2: Middleweight
- Eddie Alvarez def. Chad Mendes by split decision (47-46 x2, 46-47): 165-pounds
- Christine Ferea def. Bec Rawlings by TKO at the conclusion of round 2: Flyweight Title
- Ben Rothwell def. Josh Copeland by TKO at the conclusion of round 3: Heavyweight
- Chris Camozzi def. Dan Spohn by KO at conclusion of round 1: Light Heavyweight
- James Brown def. Mike Alvarado by TKO at the conclusion of orund 2: Lightweight
- Khortni Kamyron vs. Gabrielle Roman is a majority draw (48-46, 47-47 x2): 140-pounds
- Brandon Girtz def. Christian Torres by KO at 1:10 of round 1: 165-pounds
- Marcus Edwards def. Jay Jackson by KO conclusion of round 1: 180-pounds
- Dillion Winemiller def. Matthew Maestas by KO at :07 of round 1: Middleweight
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